LIVE: “The Last Hurrah” @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar, 1/30/10

February 1st, 2010, 12:20 pm by Greg

The Last Conspirators rip it up at Jason's Upstairs Bar (photo by Al Goldberg)

The Last Conspirators rip it up at Jason's Upstairs Bar (photo by Al Goldberg)

Another one bites the dust…

Over the weekend, Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson shuttered its doors for good, but not before kicking out the jams one final time on Saturday night. The big send-off throwdown featured performances by Mother Fletcher, the Last Conspirators, Young Paris, Lady Moon, Musty Chiffon and others.

And while it was certainly sad to see Hudson’s premier nightclub close, the farewell bash was rocking’, rollickin’ affair.

The best news of all is that “The Last Hurrah” raised $1,469 for Doctors Without Borders and their Haitian earthquake relief effort.


The Last Hurrah at Jason’s Upstairs Bar

January 25th, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

Hudson’s premier live music venue Jason’s Upstairs Bar is shuttering its doors at the end of the month, but the Warren Street nightspot isn’t about to go quietly.

The club has just released the details of the Last Hurrah, one big final farewell celebration. The big bash begins at 6pm on Saturday, January 30 and promises at least eight hours of non-stop music and merriment.

The line-up features:

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Jason’s Upstairs Bar Shutters Its Doors

January 14th, 2010, 12:36 pm by Greg

Jason’s Upstairs Bar, the premier live music showcase nightclub in Hudson, is closing at the end of the month.

The reason apparently isn’t the current economic situation, but rather on-going noise complaints from neighboring gallery owner Peter Jung.

A posting on Jason’s Facebook page on Tuesday declared:

“So folks…it’s true. Jason’s is closing its doors at the end of the month. It would seem that the power of one neighborhood individual’s talent of complaint has robbed us all of our right to party, see shows and in some cases, even make a living. It’s a fact when your mother told you that one rotten apple could spoil the whole basket.”

In the meantime, the shows scheduled for this month at Jason’s will go on as planned, including:

Saturday, January 16, 5pm, $5
Bears With Wings with the Emergency Empire

Saturday, January 23, 9pm, $10
Vetiver with Kevin Barker

Plans are also currently underway for a “final-night, keg-drainer, all-day bonanza” at the end of January. Stay tuned to for details as soon as they are announced.

In recent months, Jason’s Upstairs Bar has hosted such acts as Eclectic Method, the Akron Family, American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel, the Defibulators and Chris Pureka, as well as such local favorites as Mother Fletcher, the Last Conspirators, Disposable Rocket Club, Lunic, the Blisterz, the Charlie Watts Riots, Blackcat Elliot and more.

Owner Jason Schermerhorn has also promised, “And lastly, Jason’s will be back in a new form shortly.”

Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

November 20th, 2009, 1:52 pm by Greg

In conjunction with tonight’s Art Night Schenectady arts walk, the lovely and charming Vermont singer-songwriter Amanda Rogers teams up with Mike of the Sketchy Indians for a performance at Signatures Wine Bar in the Proctors Arcade in Schenectady.

“The two of us started a side-project together called the Pleasants, and that record will be out by the end of the year,” proclaims Rogers. “We are very excited!” The Pleasants begin making their music at 6pm tonight (Friday, November 20) and you can expect to hear selections from their upcoming debut album, as well as Rogers’ latest album “Heartwood,” her upcoming album “Hope from the Forgotten Woods” and the Sketchy Indians album as well. Admission is free.

CathysWaffleStoreRelief from the catastrophic Eggo Waffle shortage! Make your own waffles? What a great idea! Perhaps it’s time for Cathy Frank to revive Cathy’s Waffle Store and come to the rescue…

The annual Rock for Tots bash takes place on Saturday (November 21) at Costanzo’s Riverside Restaurant in Waterford.

It’s actually two events.

First up is the Children’s Christmas party and lunch from 12noon-2pm. Children’s admission is one new unwrapped toy.

Then the adult rockin’ begins at 3pm. In the lounge, you can hear Winchester & Young (3pm) and the UPG (6pm). On the main stage, you can check out Acoustic Trauma (3pm), Tetonka (4:30pm), the All Paul Show (6pm), Ohms Law (8pm), 28N (9:15pm) and Wylder (10:30pm). The admission charge – just $10 plus one new unwrapped toy – also includes a four-hour buffett and draft beverages.

Ok, what phase of the moon IS it? Unless you’re dead, you’ve heard that the new film Twilight: New Moon opened last night at midnight.

But did you know that folk diva Rosanne Raneri (who is also a professor of Theatre Arts at HVCC) is directing Moonchildren, a comedy with bite about a group of college seniors in the mid 60’s on the threshold of the “real world:” It runs through Sunday at the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Campus Center, HVCC. General Admission $5/Free with valid HVCC student ID

Aaaand on Saturday afternoon, you can see a 3-hour matinee musical marathon of Lady Moon and friends live @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar.

Coincidence? Oh, we don’t think so.

Bjork celebrates her 44th birthday on Saturday (November 21) and so do we!

Also celebrating birthdays this weekend: Richard Genest of Schenectady’s Moon & River Cafe, Kevin Bartlett, Adam Clairmont of WAMC-FM and Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird. Here’s to you!


Parade of Shoes: Tim Livingston

October 6th, 2009, 4:22 pm by Sara
Tim Livingston of the Last Conspirators in Converse Chuck Taylor's quilted high-tops at Jason's Upstairs Bar in Hudson (photo by Bill Dhalle)

Tim Livingston in Converse Chuck Taylor's quilted high-tops at Jason's Upstairs Bar in Hudson (photo by Bill Dhalle)

The Last Conspirators will be appearing live this Friday, October 9 at Savannah’s on Pearl Street in Albany. Opening the show is Brooklyn’s Cinema Cinema.


July 16th, 2009, 5:02 pm by Greg

Sadcore king Mark Eitzel is one of my very favorite singers, but I’ve only been fortunate enough to see him in concert a couple of times – with American Music Club at QE2 and with Tuatara at the Iron Horse Music Hall.

Now he’s heading out on a very intimate tour that he’s dubbed “Mark Eitzel Performs American Music Club.” He’ll be accompanied by AMC alum Marc Capelle on the piano – and that’s it.

As Eitzel declares on his blog, “It’s kind of a Tony Bennett thing, I guess. But it gives me the chance to do these songs – and really sing them – without the distraction of a guitar.”

Even better, the tour is headed to Nippertown. Eitzel makes a stop at Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday, July 19, as well as The Linda in Albany at 8pm Wednesday, July 22.

Don’t miss him.

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